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  • Rosa, ou Fille mendiante et ses bienfaiteurs... by BENNETT, Agnes Maria. Louise BRAYER-ST.-LÉON, translator. BENNETT, Agnes Maria. Louise BRAYER-ST.-LÉON, translator. ~ Rosa, ou Fille mendiante et ses bienfaiteurs... Paris: Lepetit and Pougens, ‘au magasin des romans nouveaux’, An VI 1798.
    Agnes Maria Bennett’s Minerva Press novel, The Beggar Girl (1797) first appeared in Mme. Brayer-St.-Léon’s translation earlier in 1798, in 7 volumes. This pretty set… (more)

    Agnes Maria Bennett’s Minerva Press novel, The Beggar Girl (1797) first appeared in Mme. Brayer-St.-Léon’s translation earlier in 1798, in 7 volumes. This pretty set in 10 volumes, each with a frontispiece illustration, though separately bound (and numbered on the spines 1-10) was issued as vols 5-14 of the Oeuvres complètes

    ‘The Beggar Girl and her Benefactors was published in seven volumes in 1797; it was supposedly based on existing characters at Tooting and was dedicated to the duchess of York, near whom Anna Bennett then lived. The Beggar Girl was very popular, and had some distinguished admirers’ (Oxford DNB).. cf. Rochedieu p. 21 (for the 7 volume edition of the same year).

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  • Edmund of the Forest. An historical Novel. In four Volumes. By the Author of Cicely, or the Rose of Raby. by [MUSGRAVE, Agnes]. [MUSGRAVE, Agnes]. ~ Edmund of the Forest. An historical Novel. In four Volumes. By the Author of Cicely, or the Rose of Raby. London: for William Lane, Minerva Press, 1797.
    First edition of this rare Minerva Press novel, an extravagant gothic tale set in medieval Scotland. A notice in the Critical Review of November 1797… (more)

    First edition of this rare Minerva Press novel, an extravagant gothic tale set in medieval Scotland. A notice in the Critical Review of November 1797 was unable to identify its author positively but compared it with Musgrave’s first novel, Cicely (1795). ‘The author has allowed her or his imagination a wider scope, but has plunged into a series of adventures in rapid succession, which defy all possibility of belief... Horrors are multiplied on horrors, new characters on new characters, until the reader is bewildered in a maze... The story is supposed to have happened in the reign of James III. of Scotland; and the agency of witchcraft is introduced in compliment to that monarch’s credulity... The scene is, indeed, a copy from Macbeth’s visit to the witches; but it wants the additional charm of Shakespeare’s genius. With such helps as witches, ghosts, caverns, and ruined castles, we should be too scrupulous in expecting probability: but there are bounds even to fiction...’

    Vol II contains a final advert for the second edition of Cicely, or the Rose of Raby, ‘just published’ [1796]. Unlike Cicely, Edmund did not receive a second edition, though it appeared in French in 1798/9 and an extract, entitled The Adventure James III of Scotland had with the weird Sisters was reprinted in the 1799 collection Gothic Stories. Indeed, more than one version of the story appeared in early nineteenth-century fiction, implying some influence. Blakey, p.181. Garside, Raven and Schöwerling 1797: 60. ESTC: British Library, New York Society Library, Rice University and University of Virginia only.

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